Comparative Morphometric Analysis of Small-Scaled Scorpionfish, Scorpaena porcus (Scorpaenidae, Scorpaeniformes), from the Southern Coast of the Crimea and Eastern Part of the Adriatic Sea

Manilo, L. G., Peskov, V. N.



Comparative analysis of morphometric characters of small-scaled scorpionfish from the Black Sea (near the southern coast of the Crimea) and from the eastern part of the Adriatic Sea showed significant differences in males and females on thirteen plastic and three meristic characters. These differences may be due to unequal abiotic and biotic habitat conditions, and refer about the geographical variability of the species, indicating the presence of two diff erent populations in the study area.